Yony Leyser is an American filmmaker now based in Berlin, whose first film William S. Burroughs: A Man Within has just opened throughout Germany. The film features interviews with Burroughs’ friends and associates, from John Waters to Genesis P. Orridge to Robocop himself, as well as a soundtrack by Patti Smith and Sonic Youth. He’ll be hosting a Q&A tonight at Moviemento, where the film is currently screening.
I’m spending the holidays in Canada, so while I was in the neighbourhood, I stopped by my friend Cosima’s studio, where she runs her new project Hopea, an online shop which works as a sort of archive for Nordic and Canadian modernist jewelry from 1960-1975 specifically. I took a few shots of the pieces and we talked about her inspirations for Hopea (which is Finnish for silver), as well as the history behind some of the forgotten designers.
Goodyn Green is a photographer who has recently self-published her first photobook, The Catalog, a collection of female nudes featuring queer women whose poses reference gay men’s magazines. Here she is in Kreuzberg’s The Fab Lab, where her photos are currently on display. A short interview follows, along with some of her work, which is probably NSFW (depending on where you work, that is).
A little bit of research into Berlin’s music history, and Mark Reeder’s name will probably appear. Since moving to Berlin from Manchester in 1978, he has worked as Germany’s rep for Factory Records, toured with New Order, managed Malaria!, organized the first secret punk rock show in East Berlin, was certified ‘subversive’ by the Stasi, and produced the last record ever produced in East Germany (which was also the only record ever made by an Englishman in the DDR). And that was just before the wall came down.
Marie Losier is a French-born, New York-based filmmaker, whose film “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” follows the love story between Industrial music legend Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Lady Jaye. The film won the Teddy Award for Best Documentary feature at the past Berlinale, as well as the 2011 Caligari Prize. Marie is currently on tour with the film throughout Germany, and is screening here in Berlin for the next weeks at fsk.